Legendary character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He was 74 The actor had a career that spanned .
Ermey’s management confirmed the new on the actor’s official Twitter page late Sunday.
Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:
It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb
— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018
“It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (‘The Gunny’) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the tweet says.
Before being an actor, Ermey was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant, a position which would help him in a future movie role in perhaps his most memorable performance in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket in 1987. The part of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman would secure him a Golden Globe nomnation, and then lead to key roles as Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake in 2003, a police captain in Se7en, and as the voice of Sarge in Toy Story.
He appeared in 60 films during his career, including Mississippi Burning, Toy Soldiers, On Deadly Ground, Murder In The First, and more.